After mocking Apple, Google is also ditching headphone jack

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Google's new Pixel 2 XL will be made official today.
Photo: Evan Blass

Google mocked the iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack in its marketing material for the original Pixel smartphone — but it won’t be doing the same for the Pixel 2.

Just like Apple, the company has decided to remove the aging port from its latest handsets. A new leak reveals that the lineup will rely solely on USB-C for wired connectivity.

A number of manufacturers ridiculed Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from its iPhone lineup last fall. Despite it being decades old, it’s still an incredibly common port that most people use regularly. Apple had to banish it to make room for new technologies.

Most iPhone fans quickly adapted to life without wired headphones, and soon, rival smartphone manufacturers started following Apple’s lead. Now, it seems even those who mocked the decision are beginning to accept the headphone jack is dying.

Incredibly reliable leaker Evan Blass has published pictures and details of Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 smartphones on VentureBeat. He has also confirmed that neither device will feature a headphone jack, which means users will have to rely on a USB-C adapter or Bluetooth.

It also means Google will no longer be able to put out Pixel ads that take sly swipes at the iPhone’s missing port.

Blass says both Pixel handsets will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset — the same one found in the Galaxy S8, the LG V30, and other 2017 flagships — not a faster Snapdragon 836 processor as originally planned.

Other features are said to include 12-megapixel cameras, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB storage options. The smaller Pixel will pack a 5-inch 1080p display with a 16:9, while its larger sibling will pack a 6-inch Quad HD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

Strangely, Google has minimized the bezels on the Pixel 2 XL to make it almost as pretty as competing devices. They’re significantly slimmer all around the screen, though it certainly isn’t an edge-to-edge display.

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The smaller Pixel 2 still has sizable bezels.
Photo: Evan Blass

On the smaller Pixel 2, however, large bezels remain on the top and bottom edges — just like on the original Pixel. It’s a strange design decision that will surely upset a lot of Pixel fans who prefer the more compact model.

Google will unveil the Pixel 2 lineup tomorrow, October 4. The Pixel 2 is expected to make its debut later this month, but it is thought fans will have to wait until November to get their hands on the Pixel 2 XL. Both will be available to pre-order before making their debuts.

  • Steve__S

    Single camera, fingerprint sensor on the back, old processor technology… on a flagship phone that costs as much as an iPhone? Are they kidding?

    • jay

      yes thats what i thought but i believe google is not really interested selling a lot phones maybe is for there software testing …

      • Steve__S

        I guess… It’s true that they don’t plan to sell very many of them. The only marginal reason to even consider this phone is if you’re a die hard Android fan that also wants OS updates on a regular basis. I just don’t see how they can charge high end prices for what is effectively a mid-tier product like this.

      • DavidArr

        I think there is a set of Android users who are willing to pay a premium for regular software updates. The phone has a lovely design, “good enough” upgraded hardware, and if history is any guide, it will probably have one of the best cameras available on a phone, even if it is a single lens. So I would expect it to do well when it comes out, even against the iPhone X. (Remember, most Pixel customers won’t seriously consider the X, and vice versa.) But unless the new Pixel has some unique selling points that we haven’t heard of yet, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a price cut 6 months in.

    • Chrisdroid

      After years and years of using Android I finally took the step and switched to iOS but I do have to say that the Pixel XL was the best experience that android has to offer, the camera was phenomenal and quick updates and quick OS updates as well were very accurate and fast, but it was over priced, I think they only sold 1 000 000 of them. its not fancy, and you can’t do all those unnecessary wow factor things that you can do with Galaxy or LG phones, but definitely is the best that Android has to offer.

      • Steve__S

        Yes, I can see the value of the “pure Android experience” that you’d get with the Pixel. I’d also agree that the Pixel raised the bar in terms of expectations from a single lens camera. Time marches on though. I’m sure the next Pixel will be a nice device, I just don’t think it will be truly competitive with the latest flagship devices. To your point, the Pixel needs a lower price based on what it actually delivers.

    • meh

      Nice to see the same great insights you provide over at BGR.

      • Steve__S

        Get your money’s worth? How so? Mediocre performance, no telephoto lens, yet a high end price? Are you joking?

  • Fahad Tariq

    lol hypocrites!

  • Rahxephon

    I’m sorry, how

  • Yazz

    In older news.. Most android manf. are no longer including fingerprint scanners on future devices in preference of facial rec *after apple does*, meanwhile forgetting that facial rec login use to be available on the 3GS & Apple 4 devices but was abandoned for fingerprint scanning, while true depth perception 3d imaging from multiple lenses for hack resistance is only on the back camera of new devices and useless. Prior talk of having Fingerprint scanners built into the display screen itself seems to have been abandoned silently – unknown if it was technically infeasible or if everyone’s just being extra-cheap.

  • Yazz

    Hey, anyone else remember when ATI and nVidia mocked 3dfx for multiple gpu’s on a single card, after mocking the need to install multiple cards for additional performance – Meanwhile what have all their cards for the last decade(+) relied on? (How many Cuda-cores do you have, lol).

  • Yazz

    Last comment… why not just turn it into another multi-purpose jack, and include a water-protecting protective plug as a free accessory?

    btw I would love to have the headphone jack be usable by a tiny adapter for a car-mounted big antenna for phone and wifi, or to plugin my trusty handheld cantenna (lol). Windows Nokia phones already use headphones as an FM antenna..

  • Yazz

    One Question, In the past few days I’ve constantly seen news articles about the Pixel 2 + XL, is it a phone or tablet or phablet? Because I thought google made their own models of all those devices and they have a different name..

    (Most all websites seems to assume you know most of what a google Pixel is… And just say what’s different now not what it is!)..